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FILM REVIEW – Mad Max: Fury Road

By Marty Mulrooney

Mad Max Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is a post-apocalyptic action film created by Australian director George Miller. The fourth film in the Mad Max series, Fury Road isn’t a reboot, or even a remake – rather, it’s a ‘re-take’ or ‘re-visit’ of the world with Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as the titular Road Warrior. In the director’s own words: ““Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the road war which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.” Once again, ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky has nothing left to fight for apart from his own survival, until…

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Alexander Williams (Attack of the Killer Sock, MCPHONEY PICTURES)

By Marty Mulrooney

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The talented man behind MCPHONEY PICTURES is a full-time dad, part-time actor and creator of many clever short films. He also went to university with the creator of Alternative Magazine Online (that would be moi) – so I was understandably delighted when he reached out to share his new short film with me. AMO is therefore proud to present an exclusive online interview with Alexander Williams where we discuss all things Attack of the Killer Sock!

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FILM REVIEW – Saving Mr. Banks

By Marty Mulrooney

Saving Mr Banks

Saving Mr. Banks is an American-British-Australian film directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). Based on (or perhaps more accurately, inspired by) a true story, the film stars Emma Thompson as author Pamela ‘P.L.’ Travers and Tom Hanks as filmmaker Walt Disney, as they struggle to bring the story of Mary Poppins from the small page to the big screen.

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FILM REVIEW – Gravity (IMAX 3D)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Gravity is a science fiction action thriller/drama directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men). Sandra Bullock stars as Dr. Ryan Stone, a mission specialist who finds herself lost in space after the mid-orbit destruction of the Space Shuttle Explorer. With oxygen running out and a deadly chain reaction of space debris orbiting every 90 minutes, Dr. Stone must work with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) to overcome extreme adversity and return to Earth.

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FILM REVIEW – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

By Marty Mulrooney

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is a British comedy directed by Declan Lowney. The film stars comedian Steve Coogan, reprising his role as fictional radio and television presenter Alan Partridge in the character’s first feature film outing. When the staff of Norwich radio station North Norfolk Digital are taken hostage by DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney), Alan must save his colleagues – and the day – by working with the police as a hostage negotiator, with mixed results…

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FILM REVIEW – Kick-Ass 2

By Marty Mulrooney

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 is an action-comedy film written and directed by Jeff Wadlow, and co-produced by Matthew Vaughn (who directed the original film Kick-Ass in 2010). Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprises his role as Dave Lizewski, a teenager who fights crime as his superhero alter ego Kick-Ass. After the events of the first film, ordinary citizens have been inspired to become real life ‘superheroes’, but former superhero Red Mist has other plans – to become the world’s first super villain, ‘The Motherfucker’!

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FILM REVIEW – Only God Forgives

By Marty Mulrooney

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Only God Forgives is a surreal nightmare of a film that defies genre, written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive). Ryan Gosling stars as Julian, an American expatriate – and man of few words – who runs a boxing club in Bangkok, Thailand. The legitimate business is actually a front for an expansive drug smuggling operation and Julian’s dysfunctional family are all criminals. When Julian’s brother Billy rapes and murders a 16-year-old prostitute, Thai Police Lieutenant Chang – aka the ‘Angel of Vengeance’ – takes matters into his own hands… with a samurai sword.

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